git: powerd - Add temperature-based management

Matthew Dillon dillon at
Wed Sep 7 11:53:54 PDT 2016

commit c6434d789bb5775269c161e0768640483afd92fe
Author: Matthew Dillon <dillon at>
Date:   Wed Sep 7 11:41:25 2016 -0700

    powerd - Add temperature-based management
    * Add temperature-based management, with a default range of 75:85 (in C).
      If the cpu temperature exceeds the low range, powerd will enter
      temperature control mode and begin ramping-down the cpu frequency
      regardless of the load in order to prevent the laptop from reaching
      the high range.
    * Add -H lowtemp:hightemp option to allow the range to be set when
      starting or restarting powerd.
    * Add code to automatically kill a previously-running powerd when a new
      powerd is started.  This makes the system operator's life easier as there
      is no need to hunt-down and kill the previously-running powerd when
      restarting it with new options.
    * No desktop or server should ever get to 75C unless your cooling is broken,
      so this feature is primarily targetted at laptops.  Many laptops can exceed
      80C due to bad cooling design (and poor-design in general), and a vendor
      propensity to goose the specs to make their laptops look good on paper.
      Even the BIOS HOT cap tends to actually be too hot for continuous use.
      But it just isn't a good idea to exceed 80C regardless of what the specs
      say.  The laptop will last a lot longer and this reduces your chances of
      having melt-down or fire.  People who run BSD or Linux systems on laptops
      often do bulk compiles on them and/or other things, such as multiple
      browser windows, tabs, a lot of multi-media, multiple video windows,
      multiple video outputs, etc, which can utilize all available resources
      on the laptop.  Vendors usually don't take all of this into account.
      This feature can allow all of this to happen without burning the laptop
      You can also use this feature if your laptop gets too hot when sitting on
      your lap :-).
    Tested-by: Multiple people.

Summary of changes:
 usr.sbin/powerd/powerd.8 |  54 +++++++-
 usr.sbin/powerd/powerd.c | 318 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++---
 2 files changed, 349 insertions(+), 23 deletions(-)

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